Canberrans could soon be enjoying additional freedoms as ACT authorities consider the early easing of COVID restrictions.

It comes as the Territory reached the 95% double dose vaccination rate in the population aged 12 and over on Sunday.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said, based on the city’s first dose rate, the ACT is expected to reach a 99% double dose vaccination rate by the end of the month.

That’s prompted the Chief Minister to call a meeting of the Territory’s Emergency Cabinet.

They’ll be meeting with the Chief Health Officer on Monday afternoon to consider bringing forward the next step in the ACT’s pathway forward.

The next step, which is currently due to be taken from 26 November, includes the removal of limits on household and outdoor gatherings with businesses to operate under a one person per 2 square metre rule.

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Facemasks would also only need to be worn in high risk settings such as aged and health care settings and public transport.

However, the meeting comes as ACT Health is working with at least 10 schools, to actively manage positive COVID-19 cases.

Affected schools include:

  • Namadgi School
  • St Anthony’s Parish Primary School
  • Gordon Primary School
  • Wanniassa School (Junior and Senior Campus)
  • Ainslie School
  • Melrose High School
  • Orana Steiner School
  • Holy Family Primary School
  • Erindale College
  • Canberra Girls Grammar School
  • St Clare’s College
  • Lanyon High School

ACT Health says schools will be in touch directly with affected students, parents and their families.

It’s also advised, If your child attends one of the affected schools and you haven’t been contacted by ACT Health, there is no need for you to take further action.

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Find out more about the latest school exposures in the ACT here.

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